“Sanding Coast”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting

“Sanding Coast”, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1879

Overview of the painting :

Sand Coast – Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. Oil on canvas. 134.5 x 84 cm

   A real, realistic and at the same time, as if a fabulous corner of nature is imprinted on this canvas. The long dark plan of the picture is bewitching. Tall, powerful, living and mighty trees stand by the wall and tighten their depth, beckoning in a thicket where it is scary and interesting at the same time.

   The color of the sky to match forest wilds is dark blue, disturbing, with heavy clouds floating over the horizon. Closer to the shore, changes and flaunts colors, becomes brighter, thanks to the sandy shore and open areas.

   In the foreground in warm and gentle, white-golden tones coastal sand. Against its light background, the roots of trees stand out especially – curved, hooked, eagerly drawn to water. These roots, like the melted paws of the lefties tend and creep to life-giving moisture.

   But this ends the fabulousness of the landscape. Portraying nature, the author does not allow any approximation, everything is obvious, distinct, with the strict completeness of each stroke, each brush smear.

   Compositions are also added by the reality and figure of a person standing on the shore and peering into the distance. Maybe Shishkin portrayed himself, because he loved to walk very much, he loved to be alone with nature.